sick day :: tea & literature

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I woke up this morning with a terrible headache and not feeling well. I couldn't drag myself out of bed to go to work, so I proceeded to sleep for 10 hours and make Harrod's strawberry tea that my friend brought me from England. I also attempted to poach an egg for the first time and it went horribly and made me get an "I can't do anything right" attitude. 


I've been reading through a couple of Meg Wolitzer's books before starting The Interestings. A Beautiful Mess is beginning their book club, and I definitely want to join in. I miss reading. The electronic world has taken over my life at times, and I would like to start avoiding that. It's even taken over the literary world, seeing as everyone is all about Kindles and Nooks and tablets. No thank you, I say. Give me a good old fashioned book with creased pages and margin notes and highlighter and a trip to the library. I will be very sad if libraries one day cease to exist.

So while we're on the subject, here are a few of my all-time favorite books:

1. Anything by Adriana Trigiani. I love the way this woman writes... her Italian flair shines through in all of her novels. She likes to include recipes as some part of the story, which is fun. Her characters all sort of reflect each other in a way, even if they are totally different books. Start with her Big Stone Gap series... it made me fall in love with her. I don't often buy books anymore, but I own all the ones she's written.

2. Where the Red Fern Grows. The book of my childhood. I had to read this in sixth grade English, I think... and never stopped. I will forever read this book. I've been meaning to replace my lost copy for a while now. 

3. The Shack. It makes you question things and consider different angles of God and His plans. A good read whether you're a Christian or not.

4. C.S. Lewis. What a man of insight. It can be hard for me to work through his writings sometimes, but I always come out on the other side having learned something. There aren't many authors who I can say that about.

What are some of your favorite reads, current or past? 

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